Moving on to the 2-megapixel camera, the lens is accompanied by a self-portrait mirror and flash unit. All these elements are on the back of the casing and hidden inside the slide so that the lens is protected when not in use.
The camera is really pretty average. The coloured dish shot indoors under normal household lighting and with the camera on its auto settings is a little grainy, and the background should be uniformly white rather than pinky and greeny/yellow. Outdoors the definition on the chair is hazy, and the plants also lack clarity. I’d say the camera is only good for quick snaps and not for photos you might want to keep.
There is plenty of other stuff available on Berlin. The handset supports mobile email, though as ever with small screened devices that have number pads rather than proper keyboards, doing a lot of emailing is not a good idea for your eyesight or your general sanity.
Thanks to the 3G the Web browser is fairly speedy, but it is hampered by the small, low resolution screen and does not cope well with complex pages. You can’t zoom in and out or push the screen into wide mode. Unless you intend to stick to the Orange portal or you know the site(s) you want to use are fairly basic, it is probably best given a wide berth.
Other services include Bluetooth, alarms, a voice recorder, calculator, notepad, stopwatch, and a unit converter for currency, length, area, volume, weight, temperature, energy and speed.
Berlin is a lot better value for money than the previously reviewed Tokyo. It is nice to see PC synch in a mid-range mobile like this, though some features, such as the Web browser, are best left alone.